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SIMCHOWITZ, SAMUEL:

Russian rabbinical writer; born in the beginning of the nineteenth century; died at Slutzk March, 1896. He possessed a thorough rabbinical knowledge, and at the same time was well versed in modern literature. Numerous essays from his pen appeared in the "Petersburger Herold." In 1866 he was invited to the Orthodox rabbinate of Vienna, but he refused this call as well as one received two years later to Warsaw. Many of his Talmudic novellæ, as well as responsa bearing on the ritual codices, are extant in manuscript. In 1894 he was a member of the great rabbinical synod held in St. Petersburg.

Bibliography:
  • Aḥiasaf, 1896, p. 305;
  • Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, 1888, iii. 220.
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